Dark Horse Presents #6
Words: Matt Kindt, Alex de Campi, Jimmy Palmioti, Justin Gray, Simon Ray, Peter Tomasi, Keith Champagne & Ed Brisson
Pictures: Scott Kollins, Jerry Ordway, Andy Kuhn, Simon Ray, Leonard Kirk, & Brian Level
Anthology books can be tricky. They’re like sampler platters at a restaurant. They can be a small offering of some of the best things from the main menu. Or they can be an offering of one or two of the best things from the main menu accompanied by a bunch of other stuff that isn’t selling very well and they want to get rid of it so they pair up the awesome bacon wrapped Asian dumpling with the cherry tomato with a toothpick in it. With Dark Horse Presents, it truly is some of the tastiest bites from the main menu with no fillers whatsoever.
BPRD: Hell on Earth #127
Words: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Pictures: James Harren
Colors: Dave Stewart
I’ll admit I’ve fallen a bit behind on my BPRD reading. Never again. Thank you Mike, John, James and Dave; for reminding me why the BPRD is one of my favorite titles to date.
Conan And Red Sonja #1
Dark Horse / Dynamite
Words: Gail Simone and Jim Zub
Pictures: Dan Panosian
Dark deeds. Cloaked figures. Beautiful ladies. Hulking barbarians. Sword on shield action. This is what you expect out of your pulpy “sword and sorcery” fiction, and this is just what you get out of Conan and Red Sonja #1.
Words: Duane Swierczynski
Pictures: Eric Nguyen
Reading X is like riding a ride at a county fair. I don’t mean like the bumper cars or the merry go round. I mean you climb into some off branded Tilt-a Hurl type contraption and you strap yourself in with what looks like an old dog leash and before you know it you’re launched into some kind of Helter Skelter trajectory as you hurtle forward at speeds that are probably well past the tolerance level for this thing (not that it’s been rated in this decade, or even inspected, gawd, don’t think about the last time it was inspected…) but this thing rockets you nearly off its rails (which is weird, because you didn’t know it had rails) and you’re screaming, your friend can’t help laughing because that’s what your friend does when he’s scared and everyone else on the ride is screaming, and you’re pretty sure the Carny with three teeth and the Motley Crue Theater of Pain T-Shirt is laughing as well, and you’re pretty sure this is the last thing you’re ever going to do in your life ever… and then it’s over. And you made it, and you realize, “Damn, that was fun”. That’s kind of how I feel about reading X.
Thomas Alsop #8
Words: Chris Miskiewicz
Pictures: Palle Schmidt
This has been one of the most satisfying story arcs in comics that I’ve encountered in a really long time. Fun, funny, crazy, bold, edgy, fantastic, honest, human, tragic… I could go on. Thomas Alsop has become a very real person in just eight issues, and I’m sad to see it end.
The Woods #9
Words: James Tynion IV
Pictures: Michael Dialynas
Sometimes, it’s the normal things that let us know just how alien things really are. That’s the vibe I get out of The Woods #9.
Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #6
Words and Pictures: Stan Sakai
I have just two things to say to Stan Sakai about Usagi Yojimbo: Senso… Wow. And Thank You.
The Ghost Fleet #3
Words: Donny Cates
Pictures: Daniel Warren Johnson
I’m not sure there’s another book I’m reading right not that is more “rock” than The Ghost Fleet. When you crack the front cover, it’s like turning on a Marshal stack; you can feel the hum and you know this is going to make some noise.
Lady Killer #1
Words: Joelle Jones & Jamie S. Rich
Pictures: Joelle Jones
It’s like Mary Tyler Moore and La Femme Nikita had a baby, and that baby was Lady Killer #1. Man, I’m just 24 pages into this thing and I want to take this baby home, nurture it, care for it, and watch over it as it grows. (I think I just called a child and “it”… I’m not sure how I feel about that.)
Words: William Harms
Pictures: Giovanni Valletta
Dying is easy when you can live forever.